SCSNSCSN http://www.scsn.org Southern California Seismic Network Thu, 17 Jan 2019 03:30:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 01/16/2019, M3.9 near Niland ../../index.php/2019/01/17/01-16-2019-m3-9-near-niland/ ../../index.php/2019/01/17/01-16-2019-m3-9-near-niland/#respond Thu, 17 Jan 2019 03:30:43 +0000 http://www.scsn.org/?p=3055 ]]>
  • 16 Jan 2019 18:41:34 PST, (33.182, -115.608), depth 2.9km, 10km SW of Niland, California
  • Aftershocks: so far (16 Jan 2019, 07:29PM PST) there have been 3 aftershocks recorded, the largest M2.9 (smallest M1.6). More may be expected in the next few days, the largest expected is approximately 1 magnitude unit smaller than the mainshock. There is a small chance (about 5%) that a larger quake could occur, with the likelihood decreasing over time.
  • There were 3 events during the 3 days prior to the earthquake (within a 10 km radius), the largest was M2.2 (2019/01/14).
  • Historical seismicity: since our records began in 1932 we’ve had 75 events of M4 or greater within 10km of today’s event, the largest was M6.2 (1987/11/24) and the most recent was M4.1 on 27 Sep 2016.
  • Links for: USGS earthquake page, ShakeMap, DYFI, waveforms.
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    12/05/2018, M4.2 near Trona ../../index.php/2018/12/05/12-05-2018-m4-2-near-trona/ ../../index.php/2018/12/05/12-05-2018-m4-2-near-trona/#respond Wed, 05 Dec 2018 22:12:16 +0000 http://www.scsn.org/?p=3041 ]]>
  • 05 Dec 2018 13:40:17 PST, (35.735, -117.077), depth 4.4km, 28km E of Trona, California
  • Aftershocks: so far (05 Dec 2018, 02:32PM PST) there have been 3 aftershocks recorded, the largest M3.7 (smallest M1.1). More may be expected in the next few days, the largest expected is approximately 1 magnitude unit smaller than the mainshock. There is a small chance (about 5%) that a larger quake could occur, with the likelihood decreasing over time.
  • Historical seismicity: since our records began in 1932 we’ve had 1 event of M4 or greater within 10km of today’s event, the M4.8 on 24 Nov 1953.
  • Nearby faults: Panamint Valley fault zone, southern Panamint Valley section (1.3 km), Panamint Valley fault zone, Brown Mountain section (2.9 km), Panamint Valley fault zone, Brown Mountain section (Brown Mountain fault) (9.4 km) and Tank Canyon fault (13.3 km).
  • Links for: USGS earthquake page, ShakeMap, DYFI, waveforms.
  • Visit our special reports page for further information on local notable earthquakes.
  • Below are the waveform data associated with this event, as recorded in our Live Seismograms Feed.

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    11/29/2018, M3.9 near Ocotillo Wells ../../index.php/2018/11/29/11-29-2018-m3-9-near-ocotillo-wells/ ../../index.php/2018/11/29/11-29-2018-m3-9-near-ocotillo-wells/#respond Thu, 29 Nov 2018 14:32:02 +0000 http://www.scsn.org/?p=3039 ]]>
  • 29 Nov 2018 05:48:53 PST, (33.015, -115.983), depth 11.4km, 20km SE of Ocotillo Wells, California
  • Aftershocks: so far there have been no aftershocks recorded. Some may be expected in the next few days, the largest expected is approximately 1 magnitude unit smaller than the mainshock. There is a small chance (about 5%) that a larger quake could occur, with the likelihood decreasing over time.
  • Historical seismicity: since our records began in 1932 we’ve had 59 events of M4 or greater within 10km of today’s event, the largest was M6.6 (1987/11/24) and the most recent was M4.6 on 04 Nov 2010.
  • Links for: USGS earthquake page, ShakeMap, DYFI, waveforms.
  • Visit our special reports page for further information on local notable earthquakes.
  • Below are the waveform data associated with this event, as recorded in our Live Seismograms Feed.

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    11/19/2018, M4.8 near Alberto Oviedo Mota ../../index.php/2018/11/20/11-19-2018-m4-8-near-alberto-oviedo-mota/ ../../index.php/2018/11/20/11-19-2018-m4-8-near-alberto-oviedo-mota/#respond Tue, 20 Nov 2018 16:31:13 +0000 http://www.scsn.org/?p=3037 ]]>
  • 19 Nov 2018 12:18:42 PST, (32.207, -115.253), depth 10.9km, 8km WSW of Alberto Oviedo Mota, B.C., Mexico
  • Aftershocks: so far (20 Nov 2018, 08:29AM PST) there have been 11 aftershocks recorded, the largest M3.5 (smallest M2.2). More may be expected in the next few days, the largest expected is approximately 1 magnitude unit smaller than the mainshock. There is a small chance (about 5%) that a larger quake could occur, with the likelihood decreasing over time.
  • Historical seismicity: since our records began in 1932 we’ve had 124 events of M4 or greater within 10km of today’s event, the largest was M7.2 (2010/04/04) and the most recent was M4.4 on 29 Sep 2018.
  • Links for: USGS earthquake page, ShakeMap, DYFI, waveforms.
  • Visit our special reports page for further information on local notable earthquakes.
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    11/09/2018, M3.8 near Aguanga ../../index.php/2018/11/09/11-09-2018-m3-8-near-aguanga/ ../../index.php/2018/11/09/11-09-2018-m3-8-near-aguanga/#respond Fri, 09 Nov 2018 15:25:56 +0000 http://www.scsn.org/?p=3032 ]]>
  • Two events above M3.5 have occurred in the ongoing Cahuilla swarm:
    • 09 Nov 2018 06:45:50 PST, (33.483, -116.802), depth 2.0km, 7km NE of Aguanga, California
    • 09 Nov 2018 06:58:09 PST, (33.485, -116.803), depth 1.1km, 7km NE of Aguanga, California
  • Aftershocks: so far (09 Nov 2018, 02:04PM PST) there have been 87 aftershocks recorded since the second, larger event, the largest M2.0 (smallest M0.1). More may be expected in the next few days, the largest expected is approximately 1 magnitude unit smaller than the mainshock. There is a small chance (about 5%) that a larger quake could occur, with the likelihood decreasing over time.
  • There were 91 events during the 3 days prior to the earthquake (within a 10 km radius), the largest was the M3.7 (2018/11/09).
  • Historical seismicity: since our records began in 1932 we’ve had 14 events of M4 or greater within 10km of today’s event, the largest was M5.6 (2005/06/12) and the most recent was M4.4 on 15 Aug 2018. Since the onset of the Cahuilla swarm in 2016, we have now recorded over 9000 events.
  • Links for: USGS earthquake page, ShakeMap, DYFI, waveforms.
  • Visit our special reports page for further information on local notable earthquakes.
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    10/24/2018, M3.6 near Lone Pine ../../index.php/2018/10/25/10-24-2018-m3-6-near-lone-pine/ ../../index.php/2018/10/25/10-24-2018-m3-6-near-lone-pine/#respond Thu, 25 Oct 2018 14:37:02 +0000 http://www.scsn.org/?p=2927 ]]>
  • 24 Oct 2018 14:28:02 PDT, (36.602, -117.980), depth 10.6km, 8km ENE of Lone Pine, California
  • Aftershocks: so far there have been no aftershocks recorded. Some may be expected in the next few days, the largest expected is approximately 1 magnitude unit smaller than the mainshock. There is a small chance (about 5%) that a larger quake could occur, with the likelihood decreasing over time.
  • Historical seismicity: since our records began in 1932 we’ve had 2 events of M4 or greater within 10km of today’s event, the largest was M4.4 (1988/07/05) and the most recent was M4.4 on 05 Jul 1988.
  • Links for: USGS earthquake page, ShakeMap, DYFI, waveforms.
  • Visit our special reports page for further information on local notable earthquakes.
  • Below are the waveform data associated with this event, as recorded in our Live Seismograms Feed.

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    09/30/2018, M3.6 near Calimesa ../../index.php/2018/10/01/09-30-2018-m3-6-near-calimesa/ ../../index.php/2018/10/01/09-30-2018-m3-6-near-calimesa/#respond Mon, 01 Oct 2018 15:15:07 +0000 http://www.scsn.org/?p=2906 ]]>
  • 30 Sep 2018 07:41:29 PDT, (34.002, -117.018), depth 16.3km, 4km ENE of Calimesa, California
  • Aftershocks: so far (01 Oct 2018, 08:10AM PDT) there have been 5 aftershocks recorded, the largest M1.4 (smallest M0.7). More may be expected in the next few days, the largest expected is approximately 1 magnitude unit smaller than the mainshock. There is a small chance (about 5%) that a larger quake could occur, with the likelihood decreasing over time.
  • There were 2 events during the 3 days prior to the earthquake (within a 10 km radius), the largest was M1.0 (2018/09/28).
  • Historical seismicity: since our records began in 1932 we’ve had 21 events of M4 or greater within 10km of today’s event, the largest was M4.9 (2005/06/16) and the most recent was M4.4 on 06 Jan 2016.
  • Nearby faults: San Gorgonio Pass fault zone (San Gorgonio Pass fault) (1.3 km), San Andreas fault zone, San Bernardino Mountains section (Banning fault) (3.5 km), Beaumont Plain fault zone (4.4 km), Crafton Hills fault zone (Chicken Hill fault) (5.2 km),
  • Links for: USGS earthquake page, ShakeMap, DYFI, waveforms.
  • Visit our special reports page for further information on local notable earthquakes.
  • Below are the waveform data associated with this event, as recorded in our Live Seismograms Feed.

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    09/28/2018, M4.4 near Delta, Baja California ../../index.php/2018/10/01/09-28-2018-m4-4-near-delta/ ../../index.php/2018/10/01/09-28-2018-m4-4-near-delta/#respond Mon, 01 Oct 2018 15:08:41 +0000 http://www.scsn.org/?p=2903 ]]>
  • 28 Sep 2018 19:17:46 PDT, (32.348, -115.183), depth 28.7km, 1km SE of Delta, B.C., Mexico
  • Aftershocks: so far there have been no aftershocks recorded. Some may be expected in the next few days, the largest expected is approximately 1 magnitude unit smaller than the mainshock. There is a small chance (about 5%) that a larger quake could occur, with the likelihood decreasing over time.
  • Historical seismicity: since our records began in 1932 we’ve had 118 events of M4 or greater within 10km of today’s event, the largest was M7.2 (2010/04/04) and the most recent was M4.0 on 08 Apr 2015.
  • Links for: USGS earthquake page, ShakeMap, DYFI, waveforms.
  • Visit our special reports page for further information on local notable earthquakes.
  • Below are the waveform data associated with this event, as recorded in our Live Seismograms Feed.

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    08/28/2018, M4.4 near La Verne ../../index.php/2018/08/29/08-28-2018-m4-4-near-la-verne/ ../../index.php/2018/08/29/08-28-2018-m4-4-near-la-verne/#respond Wed, 29 Aug 2018 02:43:55 +0000 http://www.scsn.org/?p=2886 ]]>
  • 28 Aug 2018 19:33:28 PDT, (34.137, -117.775), depth 5.5km, 4km N of La Verne, California
  • Aftershocks: so far (29 Aug 2018, 08:05AM PDT) there have been 37 aftershocks recorded, the largest M3.4 (smallest M0.5). More may be expected in the next few days, the largest expected is approximately 1 magnitude unit smaller than the mainshock. There is a small chance (about 5%) that a larger quake could occur, with the likelihood decreasing over time.
  • Historical seismicity: since our records began in 1932 we’ve had 9 events of M4 or greater within 10km of today’s event, the largest was M5.5 (1990/02/28) and the most recent was M4.5 on 17 Apr 1990.
  • Nearby faults: Sierra Madre fault zone, Sierra Madre E section (Sierra Madre fault) (0.6 km), San Antonio fault (2.5 km), Sierra Madre fault zone, Sierra Madre D section (Sierra Madre fault) (6.5 km), San Jose fault (6.8 km), Sierra Madre fault zone, Sierra Madre D section (Upper Duarte fault) (8.0 km), Stoddard Canyon fault (8.9 km), San Gabriel fault zone, San Gabriel River section (San Gabriel fault) (10.1 km), Sierra Madre fault zone, Cucamonga section (Cucamonga fault) (10.5 km), San Gabriel fault zone, San Gabriel River section (Weber fault) (11.2 km) and Sierra Madre fault zone, Clamshell-Sawpit section (Clamshell-Sawpit Canyon flt) (12.6 km).
  • Links for: USGS earthquake page, ShakeMap, DYFI, waveforms.
  • Visit our special reports page for further information on local notable earthquakes.
  • Below are the waveform data associated with this event, as recorded in our Live Seismograms Feed.

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    The Cahuilla Earthquake Swarm: 2016-2018 ../../index.php/2018/08/24/the-cahuilla-earthquake-swarm-2016-2018/ ../../index.php/2018/08/24/the-cahuilla-earthquake-swarm-2016-2018/#respond Fri, 24 Aug 2018 17:51:44 +0000 http://www.scsn.org/?p=2869 ]]> Update: 24 August 2018
    Egill Hauksson, Zach Ross and Jen Andrews, Caltech; Elizabeth Cochran, USGS Pasadena

    The most recent Cahuilla swarm, which started in mid-2016, has grown steadily in number of events (currently ~6,300 of magnitude larger than 0.3) and presently extends over an almost north-south linear trend of about 7 km. Since late on 11 August 2018 the seismicity accelerated with a 120-event foreshock sequence, which culminated with a mainshock of Mw4.4 on 15 August 2018. The mainshock was followed by more than 200 aftershocks of magnitude larger than 0.3 over a period of 12 hours. This new activity extends the spatial distribution of the sequence about 0.5 km to the southwest. The b-value decreased from ~0.94 to ~0.74 during this most recent activity, suggesting that a new region, possibly of higher state of stress, was being activated.

    This is a fascinating sequence from a scientific point of view but it has almost no immediate hazards implications. It could end up with a M5 event, but a much bigger event is very unlikely.

    The observations that we have so far are:

    1. The sequence started back in June 2016 with small events of magnitude 0.5 to 1.5.
    2. Since June 2016, we have recorded about 6,300 events of magnitude larger than 0.3, and the largest M4.4 occurred 15th August 2018. This is a great area to record small events because there is little traffic noise and the rocks are very solid.
    3. Detailed spatial and temporal evolution of the 2016 to 2018 swarm, using high precision waveform relocated epicenters. Data from the Caltech/USGS Southern California Seismic Network. Note that the scale bar is only 2 km long.

    4. These events are shallow, or 4.5 to 5.5 km deep; but large events on major faults usually start twice or three times as deep.
    5. This activity is not on a major fault but half way between the Elsinore and San Jacinto faults. No major events have occurred here in the past, if it had there would be a fault scarp.
    6. We are not sure what is causing these events. We have looked for fluid injection or extraction but we did not find any evidence. The rocks in the area are solid and it is almost impossible to inject water into them. The likely cause is low tectonic strain from the loading of the San Jacinto or Elsinore faults, which is being absorbed by ancient (maybe as old as 50 million years) geological cracks in the rock.
    7. Two similar earthquakes swarms like this one that occurred in the area in 1980-1981 and 1983-1984 were not followed by bigger events on other faults. The map below shows the time/space evolution of all three swarms. Note the small north-south spatial extent of ~5km for the 2016-2018 swarm. In comparison, the 1992 M7.3 Landers quake extended about 100 km north-south.
    8. Map showing geographic location and time evolution of all three Cahuilla swarms.

    9. Will the activity continue? Yes, but the region is now in an aftershock mode following the M4.4, which means decreasing activity over time. However, there seems to be small (approx. 0.5 km) spatial migration to the southwest, which could cause renewed activity. This would be a new chapter in a still to be completed saga. The plot below shows activity since 1 Jan 2018 to present as magnitude versus date. The red stair-stepping line is the cumulative count of events larger than M1.5, which shows that the rate of events is pretty steady indicating that this sequence is continuing.
    10. Time evolution of the Cahuilla swarm versus magnitude during 2018. The red stair-stepping curve is the cumulative count of events of magnitude larger than 1.49 (see Y-axis to the right). Black circles are scaled with magnitude. Events of magnitude greater than 3.0 are shown as stars, with size proportional to magnitude.

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